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The Deportees [Kindle Edition]

Roddy Doyle
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Doyle's dynamic first collection of short stories offers light and heartfelt perspectives on the effects of immigration on Irish culture. Originally serialized for a Dublin newspaper, all eight stories draw from the conceit of someone born in Ireland [who] meets someone who has come to live there. The opener, Guess Who's Coming for the Dinner, covers familiar ground—a self-proclaimed modern father is taken aback when his daughter invites a black fella to dinner—but Doyle's wry sense of humor saves the narrative from triteness. Fans of Doyle's previous work will revel in the title story, a follow-up to The Commitments that finds Jimmy Rabbitte masterminding a multicultural revival of Woody Guthrie music. The later stories find Doyle experimenting with different styles and voices: New Boy charts an unlikely friendship between a nine-year-old African immigrant and two small, angry Irish boys, while Black Hoodie finds a timid, indifferent teenager discovering his passion for civil rights and a Nigerian girl. There are some abrupt endings that veer toward the convenient, though this may be an unavoidable consequence of their serial origins. Doyle's immense talent as a writer is neatly showcased throughout, and his sharp wit adds a richness to every tale. (Jan.)
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"Writing at the top of his form...Doyle proves a brilliant, offbeat Dublin diplomat. He imagines, with humour and humanity, the difficulties involved in being Irish and in being foreign and unassimilated in Ireland. He has the sharpest eye, the wildest sense of humour and the most benevolent heart" (Observer)

"Constantly inventive, extremely funny and illustrate his ability to get under the skin of ordinary people" (Daily Mail)

"It's as if Roddy Doyle went out on the streets for you with his own microphone and camcorder... You're there, whether you want to be or not" (Maeve Binchy The Times)

"The evident sincerity and unrepentant good cheer of these stories will carry the reader a long way with them" (Independent on Sunday)

"Much to admire and enjoy" (Sunday Times)


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 323 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 256 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vintage Digital (2. Dezember 2008)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0031RS5DS
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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Roddy Doyle (Jg. 1958) ist Dubliner. Das Leben in dieser Stadt bildet den Hintergrund vieler seiner Romane und Erzählungen. Auch das Kinderbuch "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha", für das Doyle 1993 den "The Man Booker Prize" erhielt, zeichnet die Erlebniswelt eines zehnjährigen Jungen in Dublin nach. Die meisten seiner Theaterstücke drehen sich ebenfalls um das Leben in der irischen Hauptstadt. Zu seinen bekanntesten Romanen gehören die Bände der "Barrytown"-Trilogie, "Wildnis" und "Henry der Held" heißen weitere seiner Erfoglstitel. Und, wenig überraschend: Der Autor lebt nach wie vor in Dublin.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen The New "Niggers" of Dublin 8. Juni 2011
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In "The Commitments" the Irish in Dublin are described at the lowest of the low and therefore they are the right ones to play the music of the black people in the USA - soul. Jimmy Rabbitte, the founder of the Commitments is creating a new band in the title-story of this short story-collection and this time no Irish need apply. "The Deportees" are supposed to be immigrant-only. And this makes for a totally different music.

The stories in this book - taken from the Irish immigrant-newspaper Metro Eirann show the meeting of the "niggers of Europe" in 1986 with the "real deal" so to speak - and all the confusion and trouble (but of course also the laughter) that can come form such a meeting. It shows the African and East-European immigration-experience from both sides and how much the Irish life changed from 1986 when more people left the country than had been born and 2007 when this "Celtic Tiger" became a magnet for immigrants. And it reflects on the question what it means to be Irish today.

Thought-provocing, sad, heart-warming and hilariously funny all at the same time. A very nice read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Nicht nur für den Irlandfan 8. Januar 2011
Von Altrocker
Doyle ist für mich einer der besten irischen Autoren der Gegenwart. Seine Geschichten sind erfrischend, humorvoll, nicht selten bissig und voller Ironie. Die Geschichten aus The Deportees, die er vorher in einer Zeitschrift für "Einwanderer" veröffnetlicht hatte, sind allesamt herrlich zu lesen.
Nebenbei kann man sein Englisch ganz gut ein bisschen auffrischen, dann kann der nächste Irland-Urlaub getrost kommen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "There are no good or bad people,only interesting or dull." Wilde 22. Februar 2008
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The thing I like about Roddy Doyle's books is that they are all so different fron one another. The first one I read was "A Star Called Henry" and since then I have read all his others,and look for each new one he writes.
As with many writers,a reader will like some better than others. I am not a big reader of short stories ,because they usually leave me wanting more. This is the case of each of the 8 stories in this collection. It seems that just as the story gets interesting;it ends.
Otherwise,as one can expect from Doyle ;the writing and writing style always engrosses one,and once again we get the same in this collection.
The copy I have is the hard cover edition with the picture of the members of the new band "The Deportees". I am really impressed with this and I have commented in other reviews that I thought it would be a great addition to many books if pictures of the characters involved in the story could be included in the book or on the cover.This idea is even workable in the case of fictional characters as has so aptly been done in this case. It was great as we were introduced to each band member,to turn to the cover and find them there. The big question remains;did Doyle describe the characters to "fit " the photos or did they find people to "fit" Doyle's characters,or were they all real?? Anyway;congratulations !!

Ich am of Irlonde
Ant of the holy lande
Of Irlonde.
Gode sire,pray ich the,
For of saynte charite,
Come ant dance wyth me
In Irlonde.
"Ich Am of Irlonde" [14th century]
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3.0 von 5 Sternen It's Déjà Vu All Over Again. 26. Januar 2008
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These short stories were written for publication in a relatively new Dublin paper that is aimed at a non-traditional readership - those persons who have recently emigrated from Africa and other non-Irish cultures. The eight stories involve interaction between the traditional Irish and recent arrivals to the Emerald Isle. The stories are presented in the dialogue form, liberally sprinkled with the profanity that Doyle does so well.

Most of the stories are interesting. The dialogue moves you quickly through the book. You meet unusual characters: the Polish nanny who frightens her young charges with horror stories, and the young man who developed a test to measure Irishness - the average Irishman scores 57%. But one must wonder about the wisdom of publishing a collection of short stories, all of which have the same limited scope. Moreover, some of the stories are knock-offs of tales that we all know. The first story, "Guess Who's Coming for the Dinner?" is almost identical to the old Sidney Poitier movie "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" The title story, "The Deportees," is a rework of Doyle's very successful movie, "The Commitments" - this time with people of color. It's déjà vu, all over again.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen classic roddy 4. Oktober 2008
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If you are a fan of Doyle's early work, this collection of short stories revisits the style and tone of such works as The Commitments (which is revisited to some degree), The Snapper and The Van, the ever solid Barrytown Trilogy. The tone is generally lighter and more enjoyable than more recent works such as Paula Spencer and The Woman who Walked into Doors, capturing all the lightheartedness and humor and pathos that makes those tales so powerfully human, endearing and enduring while giving us some new characters and a revisit to some of the old, once again capturing the complexity of evolving Irish society, history and the ordinary yet extraordinary people that inhabit all of the world.
4.0 von 5 Sternen How times have changed... 25. März 2010
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Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958 and saw his first novel, "The Commitments" published in 1987. It was later adapted for the big screen, a version that saw Star Trek's Colm Meaney and a very young Andrea Corr among the cast. Doyle went on to win the Booker Prize in 1993 with "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha".

Doyle begins the book with a short foreword, noting the changes he's seen in Dublin (and in the Irish) since the early 1990s. "It happened", he says, "somewhere in the mid-90s. I went to bed in one country and woke up in a different one." Having once been a country that exported its people, it now had a healthy immigrant population of its own. "The Deportees" is a collection of short stories - all of which first appeared in Metro Eireann - that takes this change as its central theme.

The book's highlight, for me, was its "title track". As well as being the book's longest story, it also features a familiar face : Jimmy Rabbite, the ex-manager of The Commitments. Jimmy's now 36, is married to Aoife and has three kids - with a fourth on the way. He's still mad about music, hates the Corrs - presumably on a musical level only - and answers to the name `Slim Shady'. The story sees him deciding to put a band together, with the members picked from Dublin 's immigrant community. (It'd have been great to find out how Jimmy's brothers and sisters were doing, and if Larrygogan was still alive. The only ex-Commitment who makes an appearance is Mikah Wallace, now quite possibly the world's grubbiest born-again Christian).

Of the remainder, there are two I'd give the nod to - although the others are by no means disappointing. `New Boy' follows Joseph's first day at school in Ireland. Unfortunately, he's sitting in front of Christian Kelly, the class nuisance. The little brat has one equally torturous acolyte called Seth Quinn - and the pair have apparently decided that Joseph's good for a bit of entertainment. `Black Hoodie', meanwhile, is told by an Irish schoolkid in his transition year. As part of their education, his class have to set up their own mini-companies. Our hero sets up `Black Hoodie Solutions' with a Nigerian girl and a classmate with access to a wheelchair. The trio aim to provide consultancy services to local shops and businesses, to help them avoid stereotyping the youth of today. Unfortunately, their efforts land them in trouble with the Gardai.

An easy and enjoyable read, definitely recommended
4.0 von 5 Sternen Short stories from Roddy Doyle 19. Juli 2010
Von Michelle A. - Veröffentlicht auf
It amazed me after reading this how different Irish humor is from American humor. Doyle is a native of Ireland and his humor reflects it. Wanting to take a break from classic literature, I found this book and decided to give it a try.

I really enjoyed his wide variety of characters. They ranged from older men trying to come of age and accept the changes being made in Ireland, to a little boy who is teased on his first day of class. I learned a great deal more than I had ever thought I would about Irish "culture" through this book. Doyle painted a picture that was easy for me to relate to. I liked that he is very descriptive in describing the emotions of the Dad in the first story that met Ben for the first time. Or the poor boy who got arrested to try to prove the steretyping in Ireland; and who can forget the man whose job was to come up with a formal way to measure how "Irish" one is.

The only way to make this book of short stories more entertaining would be if I could grasp Irish humor. I'm sure some of the things that I read and thought nothing of them were things that other people who know this humor would be in stiches over. Overall, Doyle is a great writer and created a book that was fun and easy to read and I would love to recommend this book.
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